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Apomyelois ceratoniae
(blunt-winged knot-horn)



Apomyelois ceratoniae (blunt-winged knot-horn)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Apomyelois ceratoniae
  • Preferred Common Name
  • blunt-winged knot-horn
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Apomyelois ceratoniae Zeller

Preferred Common Name

  • blunt-winged knot-horn

Other Scientific Names

  • Ectomyelois ceratoniae Zeller
  • Ectomyelois phoenicis (Durrant)
  • Myelois ceratoniae Zeller
  • Myelois phoenicis Durrant
  • Spectrobates ceratoniae Zeller

International Common Names

  • English: carob moth; locust bean, moth (England)
  • Spanish: piral del algarrobo
  • French: pyrale des caroubes; teigne des caroubes et des figues

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Motte, Johannisbrot-
  • Italy: Tignola delle carrube

EPPO code

  • MYELCE (Ectomyelois ceratoniae)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Pyralidae
  •                             Genus: Apomyelois
  •                                 Species: Apomyelois ceratoniae

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020

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Growth Stages

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Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Apanteles angaleti Parasite
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki Pathogen
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen
Blattisocius tarsalis Predator
Brachymeria aegyptiaca Parasite Iraq
Bracon hebetor Parasite Iraq; Israel
Clausicella suturata Parasite
Dolichogenidea lacteus Parasite Israel
Dolichogenidea ultor Parasite
Goniozus legneri Parasite
Metaseiulus occidentalis Predator
Mintho rufiventris Parasite
Phanerotoma leucobasis Parasite Tunisia carobs
Trichogramma bourarachae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma cacoeciae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma evanescens Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma oleae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma telengai Parasite Eggs Algeria
Venturia canescens Parasite Iraq

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